Ron Wilson, Marc Crawford candidates to coach Penguins

A report out of Pittsburgh suggests former Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is one of five to seven...

A report out of Pittsburgh suggests former Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is one of five to seven candidates being interviewed for the Penguins coaching job. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

Who wouldn’t want to coach Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?

There won’t likely be a lot of arm-twisting when Pittsburgh Penguins’ new GM Jim Rutherford gets to a short list in the next 10 days. He wants a coach no later than July 1 — or earlier as he told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review — with five to seven candidates now in the interview process.

They include two former longtime NHL coaches, Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson. Also in the hunt are Ulf Samuelsson, an assistant with the Cup finalist Rangers, Detroit assistant Bill Peters and Pens’ farm coach, John Hynes.

The Vancouver Province reports as many as seven men might be the field for the Canucks vacant job, with ex-Penguin coach Dan Bylsma veering about as far as you can get from his interest in the Florida Panthers post for a perfunctory interview with Vancouver brass Trevor Linden and Jim Benning the past few days.


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